Is France and Bordeaux one of the prime locations for LGBT people to travel? Yes, it is considered one of the most friendly gay city in Europe. From restaurants, bars, sauna and gay friendly hotels Bordeaux has all it needs for a great holiday in France and beyond.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in France have been among some of the most advanced in the world. France has frequently been named one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world.Recent polls have indicated that a majority of the French people support same-sex marriage and in 2013,another poll indicated that 77% of the French population believed homosexuality should be accepted by society, one of the highest in the 39 countries polled.Paris has been named by many publications as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, with Le Marais, Quartier Pigalle and Bois de Boulogne being said to have a thriving LGBT community and nightlife.
Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centered on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool.
Top attractions to visit in Bordeaux
Best Day Trips in Bordeaux
- Bordeaux Vineyard Small Group Full Day Experience with Picnic Lunch
- Medoc or St-Emilion Small-Group Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux
- Half a day in Saint-Emilion on a private tour (Luxury Minivan)
- A day in Saint-Émilion and its Châteaux in a private tour (Van Luxe)
- Saint Emilion Day Trip with Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tastings from Bordeaux
1. Yndo Hôtel 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bordeaux France
A luxury hotel set in a 19th-century private mansion in the heart of Bordeaux’s historic centre, Yndo Hôtel features a fragrance garden and a shaded terrace, where guests can enjoy a chic yet restful stay.
Yndo Hôtel boasts individually decorated rooms with designer furniture. They are air-conditioned and include a balcony and a seating area, as well as a satellite flat-screen TV, free WiFi, an iPod dock and a coffee machine. Elegant en suite bathrooms come with free toiletries.
Breakfasts and meals are composed of a selection of regional and seasonal produce from the market. Yndo Hôtel also offers a 24-hour room service and a 24-hour front desk.
Hidden gem, off the beaten path in Bordeaux. Great quiet neighborhood – easy to walk or catch the tram.
What a fantastic property!! Beautiful rooms, unbelievably friendly and helpful staff!! Loved the little dining room – exceptional breakfasts, great wine and dinner service was amazing.
Yndo hotel is a fantastic property with incredible hospitality. If you want an authentic Bordeaux experience, feel like you are living in a real neighborhood, in a historic building with all modern amenities and a very stylish design, this is the place for you. The staff is unfailingly helpful and friendly. Meals in the hotel are exceptional and personal, and if you choose to go out, they can book any restaurant.
This hotel was exactly what we were looking for on our visit, something that felt like an authentic part of the city, but with the luxuries that make it a fun visit. Highly recommended.
Starting from the moment we entered the front doors of the property until our departure the entire experience was simply perfect.
We are still dreaming of our Yndo Hotel experience, even after being home for 4 weeks.This is the wonderful impact this hotel and staff had on us.
Any traveler can stay at a brand name, large hotels. It is easy and you always know the routine and essentially what to expect.
Go out side the box and see how this hotel will enhance your stay in Bordeaux. Only a 3 minute walk to the shops. I can assure you, that you will be the next person writing a review on Trip Advisor about your wonderful experience at the Yndohotel.
Yondo Hotel is absolutely stunning. The rooms are beautiful and the art is fantastic. Make sure you take the time to enjoy the WOW factor of the details put into this property.
Experience the luxury that this hotel has to offer and the heart felt service that the staff provide. It was difficult to say goodbye, we wished we had stayed for a week.
Did I mention Breakfast? Patrick and Pia set the table in the courtyard for our breakfast, Picture this, warm spring mornings, in a courtyard, sun appearing over the building, home cooked breakfast at a 5 star Hotel, what else could you ever want.
This is a gem located a 10 minute walk from the center of Bordeaux in a quiet neighborhood. There are only 12 rooms and we selected the secret room in the basement but with a garden view. The staff is wonderful and accommodated our car in street parking as we didn’t know that a parking reservation was necessary due to limited on site parking. Breakfast is all homemade and their jams were so delicious we bought some to bring home. Staff arranged a wine tour in St Emilion which was delightful and the owner gave us a personal tour. I would highly recommend this hotel for those who would like to be in Bordeaux proper but out of the tourist hordes.
We booked the Secret Room, which was nicely decorated but lacking in functional hanging spaces for coats and towels in the bathroom. The room is of a fair size for France, but I was disappointed that their website indicated that the Secret Room has a private terrace, however this is only accessible through the staff meeting room or through the parking lot up above, even though it is directly outside our window.
Also, it should be noted that the Secret Room is on the basement level, where the storage room and staff office are. It is not really bothersome as you don’t hear any noise but you get a feeling of being set aside, as the room is in the staff area, and not with the other guest rooms. The bed however, was crazy comfortable.
The hotel is located on a nondescript street that we thought was merely on the way to the hotel. But when the taxi stop, there was indeed a placard reading YNDO on the building wall.
And then the door opened to an oasis.
The hotel is very clean and well organized. Front desk was very friendly and helpful. We stayed in a Cozy room located on the ground floor facing the car lot yet never heard a car. Breakfast on the patio was awesome. Made to order and fresh.
We toured all day and would return late in the evening always greeted with a smile from the night attendant after ringing the doorbell to gain entry.
The YNDO is a great place to stay will in Bordeaux. Centrally located, clean, and comfortable. You pay a premium price for what you receive, but you do receive premium service and accommodations.
How much does a room costs at Yndo Hôtel ?
This double room features air conditioning and an iPod dock.
Where to book online– Yndo Hôtel – Gay Friendly Hotels Bordeaux – you can find the best hotels deals inBordeaux during Wine Festivals which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bordeaux on Booking.comor Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Residhome Bordeaux 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bordeaux
Located in the Bassins a Flot district in Bordeaux, 50 m from Chaban Delmas Bridge, Residhome Bordeaux features free WiFi access and paid private parking.
All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain units have a seating area for your convenience. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer.
A fully organic breakfast is served every morning with fresh juices, seasonal fruits, breads, pastries, muesli and cereals, cheese and ham. A breakfast-to-go box is also available for an extra charge. Food allergies and intolerances can also be accommodated. The property works with eco-friendly suppliers.
Though not in the center of town, this apartment hotel is clean, well-run, and convenient to transportation.
Just outside the center, the short tram ride to much of what you want to see and do makes it a convenient place to stay. The neighborhood isn’t particularly picturesque and is part of a developing area of old shipping buildings converted into shops, restaurants, and art spaces. It’s also a short walk to the new Cite du Vin, kind of a waste of time and money IMO. You’re better off spending your time and money going to an actual winery.
Close enough to access main town easily but not right in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Right in front of a tram line so going anywhere was incredibly quick and easy and the Monoprix next door was great for buying food and drink on the cheap.
They only cleaned our room once during our 7 night stay which meant we managed to fill multiple bins as we were using the cooking facilities for quite a few meals but we weren’t worried about having clean towels everyday.
The kitchen amenities are adequate, a microwave and two hobs, you can easily make basic meals to cut costs of going out for every meal.
Everything was incredibly clean and new and all staff were very friendly and helpful whenever we spoke to them. Would recommend this property as a base for anybody staying in Bordeaux that wants to experience the culture and sights of the city without spending the earth whilst doing so.
The apartments/hotel is modern and nicely decorated. The room was spacious with the bathroom and kitchen area sectioned off in a ‘hall’ area. Everything was very clean and kitchen was well equipped. Coffee and tea making facilities, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, and dishes / cutlery all available for use.
We had a front facing room, with a little balcony, overlooking the river, which was nice. The bed itself was large and comfortable. There was a tv, spacious wardrobes and drawers.
It was a little noisy in the evening, due to the traffic/tram stops outside but we could close the window. The room had full air con / heating controls but given the weather we didn’t need to turn on.
It’s a little far out from the city centre but close to the cite du Vin, the famous wine museum in Bordeaux.
Really pleasant stay.
How much does a room costs at Residhome Bordeaux ?
This apartment features a electric kettle, soundproofing and seating area.
Where to book online– Residhome Bordeaux – Gay Friendly Hotels Bordeaux – you can find the best hotels deals in Bordeaux during Wine Festivals which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bordeaux on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre 4* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Bordeaux
Set in Bordeaux, 1.7 km from Stone Bridge, Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre offers air-conditioned accommodation and a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site.
At the hotel, all rooms come with a wardrobe. At Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre the rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.
Continental and buffet breakfast options are available every morning at the accommodation.
Overall, the hotel was a very pleasant stay where the room was comfortable, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the decor was modern in keeping with the surrounding area’s new ongoing development. The only thing to be mindful of while staying here is it is about a 10 minute walk to the nearest public transport (tram or train station), or longer if you choose to walk into the historic part of town.
The room had plenty of space for my fiancée and me, and it had a clean feel throughout. Staff on the front desk were very welcoming and helpful which is always appreciated especially a mornings travel. We were given maps and guides of the city in addition to being told about various locations to see and places to eat which really helps you get off to a good start exploring the city.
he Hilton is very new, and in a rapidly developing area of Bordeaux. It is located within a 5-10 min walk from the train station and has a view of the river.
The rooms were very spacious, especially by European standards, and clean. There is a nice restaurant on property, but also located next to a large food court, and other restaurants. You are about a 10 min taxi/Uber ride to the city center as well.
The staff at the hotel is great. They are very willing to assist you, and make sure your stay is pleasant.
Room 901 was great, a large bedroom with a good seized terrace with a table and chairs as well as a sofa and two lounge chairs to relax on. It gets the sun in the morning with it gone by 3pm in August, but it was perfect for us as we wanted a space to sunbathe on some days rather than touring the city sights. The plants on the terrace could do with some love. Me watering them for 3 days only did so much, as it looked like they hadn’t had any water for months prior!
Our deluxe room seemed exactly the same as standard room just on a higher floor, quite small compared to 901 but perfect for our last two days as we were out most of the time.
Breakfast was a little different due to the covid measures, cold food only which consisted of meat and cheese, bread, pastries, fruit and yogurts. Most of this had to be served by a member of staff but social distancing went out of the window with people desperate to get their morning food! To be honest it was better than I expected as had heard stories of much limited fare at other hotels.
Location is the only downside to this hotel, particularly now due to covid. It’s in an up coming area/bit of a rough area, and lots of the newer buildings seem to be closed still due to lockdown. There’s a few ladies of the night lurking around too, but none caused any trouble whatsoever. It’s also a long way from most of the sights and sounds or Bordeaux, we like to walk, which is good, if you don’t perhaps don’t stay here as it’s 20 minutes until you get close to anything touristy.
The hotel is one of a few similar buildings in an up and coming area of town. We had to keep our drapes closed at all times since there is an office building not too far away, and since we could see them, they could see us! The room could have used more lighting because of this issue. We had a king room and received complimentary breakfast each morning due to our Hilton Honors Diamond status. It was the usual great breakfast with eggs made to order and many pastries and more.
There was usually only one hot meat item so that would be an area for improvement. We also received a free drink coupon and had our free drinks (me French beer and other half French white wine) and received great service as well. Breakfast is mostly self-service except for the cooking of the eggs and more. We had a king size bed which was very comfortable and provided good nights’ sleep. Pillows good as well. There was a clock which we didn’t have at our prior night’s hotel.
The room also had a safe. The bathroom had a shower but no tub! Everything was clean on arrival and serviced well when we out on our full day there as well. The lobby is very modern as well. Once a tram line gets closer or at least a bus stop, this will be a much better choice. It was necessary to plan the day with long times away from the hotel since it was such a hike. This plus one of the tram lines is currently closed from the train station to the city center.
How much does a room costs at Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre ?
This suite features a flat-screen TV, seating area and minibar.
Where to book online– Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre – Gay Friendly Hotels Bordeaux – you can find the best hotels deals in Bordeaux during Wine Festivals which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bordeaux on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.